My Opinion On Medicating Depression

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So today I wanted to have a bit of a ranty post about prescription medication for depression and psychosis and how in a matter of months my opinion has completely changed. In 2016, I came from a standpoint of not wanting to take any of my meds, including fluoxetine, due to feeling like prescription medications were a waste of time or even a conspiracy, despite the fact I was suffering from depression at the time. Well, after having a major wobble at the start of this year, I went back to medication as a way to alleviate some of the symptoms I was (and still am to an extent) experiencing.

Medication is now an important part of my life, without it I don't know where I'd be right now.

Now, In 2018, my opinion has completely changed. If you'd mentioned Zopiclone or Aripiprazole to me a year a go I would've said a flat out no to the meds, opting instead for alternative therapies like stress-management and mindfulness and what not. Nowadays though, that's a different story entirely as I've experienced such a huge change in both my mood and other symptoms that were disrupting my life on a daily basis.

I'm on both an antidepressant and an anti psychotic and in conjunction they've helped me feel almost stable again. I still have wobbles with anxiety but other than that I've come on leaps and bounds since I first began taking them.

I've danced around with doses a fair bit over the years to try and get the best combination possible, and to many that's a downside of antidepressant and anti psychotic medication as you never know how it's going to affect you personally. It's one of those things though that you need to be prepared for but the benefits I'm feeling definitely down weigh the downsides of the past few years for me.

I think a lot of the struggle with accepting that you're better off taking medication for depression, anxiety or psychosis comes from the need to speak up about what you're experiencing. It can be difficult to know who to talk to and how to word how you're feeling at medication reviews. i.e is the medication right for you? Can you feel it working? How is it affecting other areas of daily life such as appetite, weight and sex drive? I've found when taking fluoxetine on its own it hasn't helped, in fact it's made me worse at times, but alongside an anti psychotic it seems to work wonders at levelling my mood out.

For each person though it may be different, some people notice no difference on antidepressants but most according to research by doctors, do experience improvement in their symptoms which varies depending on which antidepressant they are on. So, I would say if you think you're struggling with depression or it's currently being left untreated, there's plenty of medication out there to help you along with therapies which I'll be discussing in another blog post.


That's all for today's post, I was wondering, what are your thoughts on it?

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10 comments

  1. I can't function with out meds, they help me stay in control but i did have to go through a lot of bad ones to find what works. Great post btw!

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  2. I’m so glad you are finding relief! I’ve always said medication doesn’t solve the problem- hopefully it takes the edge off. It is my opinion that the combination of medication and therapy are the best to overcome mental health issues. That being said each person is different and as long as the person is dealing with their issues that is the most important aspect. Thank you so much for sharing! Each person that does takes a small amount of the stigma away from the issue!

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  3. I take a mood stabilizer and an antidepressant. It makes a world of difference.

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  4. I used to take meds but found it made me worse, but then I stopped taking them and it was still worse - so kinda catch 22 for me, now I just run to help focus my mind. I still have massive downs and a few ups but it’s a case of just trying to live with it

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  5. I had the same opinion as you but they have helped me have some sort of a life. Medication along with CBT. I felt very dissociated from reality on Fluoxetine. I have been on Citalopram and Pregablin for about a year now at different doses.

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  6. I think it depends on the person. I think it works best mixed with a combination of therapy. Glad your feeling better x

    Lola Mia x

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  7. I'm so glad that the medication is helping you! I've never had to take anything, but I have friends that have and I can definitely see the difference it makes - if it helps then I think it's a good thing!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

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  8. I think meds are essential in making someone feel better with depression. I certainly feel better.

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  9. I take fluoxetine and aripiprozole and they have changed my life in an amazing way! I think medication works for some people and not others. No one should dismiss the idea though..

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  10. Not saying that they don't work for everyone, because I know there are people out there that need them, however, I took anti-depressants for a while, but they made no difference to my mood. However, 6 months ago I decided to start working out and when I work out, I feel 150% better than on days when I don't! So guess what, workouts and half an hour in the sauna are my anti-depressants.
    I'm glad that you found what works for you and hope that everything goes well! Great post!

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